Eagles run in the Steever family

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cody Steever, a Forrest student and longtime member of Boy Scout Troop 352 in Chapel Hill recently completed his service project required for the rank of Eagle Scout.

The completion of the service project is the fifth of sixth requirements needed to earn the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor.

The five requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout are as follows:

Requirement 1 -- Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

Requirement 2 -- Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life.

Requirement 3 -- Earn a total of 21 merit badges.

Requirement 4 -- While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in a position of responsibility.

Requirement 5 -- Plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project.

Requirement 6 -- Statement of ambitions and life purpose; hold Scoutmasters conference.

Cody's original service project plan called for design and construction of new playground equipment to replace the old unsafe equipment at Lakeview Baptist Church in Lewisburg. Due to economic conditions and a much appreciated donation of playground equipment from another local church, Steever's sponsor for the project, Lakeview Baptist chose to alter the original plan.

Cody worked closely with Danny Chambers and other church members to dismantle the donated equipment and move it to Lakeview Baptist and reconstruct it. Cody was assisted by other members of Troop 352 to stain the equipment and prepare it for the children in time for the opening day of Vacation Bible School.

Cody was assisted in his service project by other members of Troop 352, including his brother Brandon Steever, who earned his Eagle Scout in 2007 and now serves as assistant Scoutmaster of Pack 352.

Chandler Rosenbalm (Eagle Scout), Cody Price, and Brandon Leibenguth were the other members of the Chapel Hill Pack 352 that helped Steever with the project.

Steever started out as a Tiger Cub at the age of seven in Cub Scout Pack 352 in Chapel Hill and continued his training in the Boy Scouts under the leadership of Scoutmasters Thom Smelser and more recently Tracy Price.

Boy Scout Pack 352 is chartered by the Chapel Hill Lions Club.

Some of the famous people who have earned the Eagle Scout honor include Gerald R. Ford Jr., 38th President of the United States; Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City; William C. DeVries MD, transplanted first artificial heart; Steve Fossett, adventurer, president of the National Eagle Scouts Association and still missing after his plane crashed in the Nevada desert; H. Ross Perot. businessman and former presidential candidate; Stephen Spielberg. Director; Neil Armstrong, first human to set foot on the Moon; and Walter Cronkite.